3 weeks with teens

Jan 20th, 2009, 02:39 PM
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Ok Zeppole, you are really making me do some serious re-thinking.

I will do some researching this weekend of the other places you suggest and then take it to the family for suggestions and opinions.

You are a wealth of knowledge! Hope you don't mind, but expect to hear many, many more questions from me!

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Jan 20th, 2009, 03:23 PM
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don't mind, but i spend more than half my time in italy in a place without internet access, and will be heading there soon!

I'll just say that it is really hard to have a lousy time in Italy so long as you remember not to pack too many things, and think about only having a morning tourist agenda, and be free spirits after lunch.

buon viaggio!

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Jan 21st, 2009, 08:10 AM
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An apartment in Rome is a good idea, even if not for a full week. In cities it's not so hard to find rentals for as few as 3 days. And having a break with more space will be a great relief for everyone.

We used to plan trips with rest stops in the middle. Then we got a bit bored at the rest stops and just added an extra day or so to our regular planned stops. This worked out better. Of course, it might have something to do with us getting older and more prone to jet lag.
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Jan 21st, 2009, 08:29 AM
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hi namaka,

We spent 3 weeks in italy last summer with our teens and had a blast.

You may want to look at my trip report for info on Florence, Rome, and Capri. We stayed in Positano instead of Amalfi, and we loved it so much -- maybe because of our great hotel there -- Villa Rosa.


We also wanted one night on Capri and a made a big mistake with Villa Krupp. it was awful. However, i strongly recommend you DO stay a night here. We had so much fun with the kids because we did. i have a big section on our activities there in my trip report.

All i can say is keep researching until you find a hotel in capri that's within your budget!! (or splurge if you must) it is definitely not to be missed.

have fun planning! and happy to answer any more questions...

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Jan 21st, 2009, 08:32 AM
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Capri's pleasant, the Blue Grotto is vastly overrated, but a circle-the-island trip that allows swimming would be good. Did one myself.

As for the Siena suggestion, I'd second that over Pisa, especially considering that last I heard the Tower is closed to the public. The duomo in Siena is one of the best churches in all of Italy and not too many tourists know about it. Even when I dragged some friends at the end of our trip, who complained about being "churched out" (a common refrain for travelers in Italy), they were glad I made them view Siena's cathedral. Go to Siena Cathedral on Wikipedia if you need more convincing.

BTW, you have 6/15 listed twice, both as a train to Rome day and a day in Florence. Not that this is impossible because you could spend the morning in Florence and hop an afternoon train to Rome -- it's not a long ride.
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Jan 21st, 2009, 11:20 AM
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Namaka - another vote for putting in 1 week at a place with a pool in Tuscany! The place we stayed at a few years ago was close enough to Florence (which is in the Tuscany region) so that we could do two half-day trips there. Except for seeing the David we did not enjoy Florence in the heat and crowds of summertime travel, so I'm glad we stayed elsewhere. We were also able to see Siena one day and the kids liked that city too. We all like museums and history but, especially with kids/teens, have found that we need to break it up a bit with something else, like bike riding, swimming, etc. The only reason I say to stay a week in Tuscany is that many places only rent in the summer for 1 week options, but if you could find something that was shorter then you could still fit your itinerary.If you don't stay at an agriturismo or something like that then definitely consider Lucca - we stayed there for just 2 nights with our teen son - it was a great walking around city.

One other thing - we were in Ravello with our son in June of 2007. We thought it would be a great place to stay and visit Pompeii (which he loved). The only thing is it was JAMMED full of weddings and honeymooners. It was very much a "romantic" spot, as opposed to a great spot to be with my teenage son - not sure if the other other towns on the AC are the same way.

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Jan 24th, 2009, 12:09 PM
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So here come the questions I promised....

If I take Florence out of the mix completely and add the time to Rome, can I do some of the day trips you suggested without a car?

I am thinking Assisi and Orvieto? Can they be done on the same day without exhausting us completely?

What do you think of this itinerary:

6/8 Arrive Venice 8:30pm
6/9 to 6/11 Venice
6/12 Train to Rome
6/13 to 6/17 Rome with possible day trips to Assisi and Orvieto
6/18 Train to Amalfi
6/19 to 6/22 Hang around Amalfi
6/23 to 6/25 Capri
6/26 Visit Pompeii and stay overnight in Sorrento? or Naples for a 12:40 flight back to Dublin.

Can I even train all the way to Amalfi? What are your thoughts on leaving Capri to visit Pompeii (with all our luggage) and then either coming back and staying in Sorrento or continuing on to stay in Naples?

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Jan 25th, 2009, 04:59 PM
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oops, I meant to say leave Capri on the 25 and visit Pompeii for the day but stay overnight in either Sorrento or Naples to catch a 12:40 flight to Dublin on Friday, June 26th.
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Jan 28th, 2009, 02:34 PM
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have you already left? : (

Anyone have any comments on this new itinerary?
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